Gary Russell Jr.
|Gary Russell Jr.|
|Height||5 ft 4+1⁄2 in (164 cm)|
|Reach||64 in (163 cm)|
|Born||June 5, 1988|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Wins by KO||18|
Gary Allen Russell Jr. (born June 5, 1988) is an American professional boxer who has held the WBC featherweight title since 2015. As of June 2021, he is ranked as the world's best active featherweight by The Ring magazine, BoxRec, and by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
Amateur career and Olympics
Russell's quest for a medal ended prematurely as he missed the Olympic weigh-in hours after losing consciousness in his Olympic Village dorm room. Gary ended his amateur career with a record of 163-10.
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Russell had a stellar 2011, defeating Feider Viloria, Adolfo Landeros, Antonio Meza, and Leonilo Miranda. On July 23 Russell faced Eric Estrada on the undercard for the Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah fight at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Russell put on a brilliant performance winning an easy unanimous decision.
Russell Jr vs. Diaz
On May 19, 2018, Russell Jr fought WBC #1 at featherweight Joseph Diaz. Diaz challenged Russell Jr on multiple occaions, but in the end Russell Jr was too busy, too fast and too ring savvy for the challenger. All three judges saw Russell Jr as the clear winner, awarding him the unanimous decision victory.
Russell Jr vs. Martinez
In his next fight, Russell Jr fought Kiko Martinez, who was ranked #3 by the WBC. Russell Jr dominated Martinez over five rounds, before the fight was stopped due to a severe cut over Martinez's left eye.
Russell Jr vs Nyambayar
In his following fight, Russell defended his belt against the undefeated Tugstsogt Nyambayar, ranked #1 by the WBC. Russell Jr dominated Nyambayar throughout most of the rounds, which earned him a win on all three judges' scorecards, 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112 for his fifth consecutive successful title defence.
Professional boxing record
|32 fights||31 wins||1 loss|
|32||Win||31–1||Tugstsogt Nyambayar||UD||12||Feb 8, 2020||PPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.||Retained WBC featherweight title|
|31||Win||30–1||Kiko Martínez||TKO||5 (12), 2:52||May 18, 2019||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained WBC featherweight title|
|30||Win||29–1||Joseph Diaz||UD||12||May 19, 2018||MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.||Retained WBC featherweight title|
|29||Win||28–1||Óscar Escandón||TKO||7 (12), 0:59||May 20, 2017||MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.||Retained WBC featherweight title|
|28||Win||27–1||Patrick Hyland||KO||2 (12), 1:33||Apr 16, 2016||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.||Retained WBC featherweight title|
|27||Win||26–1||Jhonny González||TKO||4 (12), 0:37||Mar 28, 2015||Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBC featherweight title|
|26||Win||25–1||Christopher Martin Peña||UD||10||Dec 20, 2014||Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, U.S.|
|25||Loss||24–1||Vasyl Lomachenko||MD||12||Jun 21, 2014||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.||For vacant WBO featherweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Miguel Tamayo||KO||4 (8), 1:04||Jan 30, 2014||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|23||Win||23–0||Juan Ruiz||UD||10||Aug 9, 2013||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|22||Win||22–0||Vyacheslav Gusev||UD||10||Mar 2, 2013||The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|21||Win||21–0||Roberto Castaneda||KO||3 (10), 1:25||Nov 9, 2012||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|20||Win||20–0||Christopher Pérez||TKO||3 (10), 1:41||Jun 30, 2012||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Heriberto Ruiz||KO||1 (10), 2:12||Nov 26, 2011||U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Leonilo Miranda||UD||8||Sep 3, 2011||Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Eric Estrada||UD||8||Jul 23, 2011||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Antonio Meza||KO||4 (8), 2:42||Jun 17, 2011||State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Adolfo Landeros||UD||6||Apr 15, 2011||Longshoremen's Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Feider Viloria||TD||7 (8), 0:50||Jan 28, 2011||Four Points by Sheraton, San Diego, California, U.S.||Unanimous TD: Viloria cut from an accidental head clash|
|13||Win||13–0||Guadalupe de Leon||UD||6||Oct 28, 2010||Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Willie Villanueva||KO||1 (6), 2:56||Sep 25, 2010||Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Mauricio Pastrana||TKO||1 (6), 1:46||Jul 22, 2010||Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Rodrigo Aranda||KO||2 (6), 0:34||Jun 24, 2010||Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Carlos Diaz||KO||1 (6), 1:32||Apr 16, 2010||The New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Jairo Delgado||KO||1 (6), 2:38||Feb 19, 2010||Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||David Orosco Cano||TKO||1 (4), 2:58||Jan 30, 2010||Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Rodrigo Romero||TKO||3 (4), 0:38||Dec 18, 2009||Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Hinckley, Minnesota, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Noe Lopez Jr.||UD||4||Oct 23, 2009||Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Jason Jones||TKO||1 (4), 0:28||Aug 7, 2009||Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Alvaro Muro||UD||4||May 1, 2009||Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||John Wampash||UD||4||Feb 14, 2009||BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Antonio Reyes||TKO||3 (4), 0:21||Jan 16, 2009||Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.|
- Premier Boxing Champions tale of the tape prior to the Kiko Martínez fight.
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- "Boxing World Champions - Full List Across All Weight Divisions". Box.Live. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
- "Ratings". The Ring. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
- "BoxRec: Ratings". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
- "Rankings – Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2021-05-28.
- Doug Fischer (December 28, 2011). "Readers vote Gary Russell Jr. the Prospect of the Year for 2011". The Ring. Archived from the original on January 22, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- Chris Mannix (December 19, 2011). "Prospect of the Year - Gary Russell Jr. - SI.com's 2011 Boxing Awards". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- Dan Rafael (December 27, 2011). "2011 ESPN.com prospect of the year Gary Russell Jr". ESPN. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- "U.S. boxer Russell collapses, out of Olympics - 2008 Olympics - SI.com". CNN. August 8, 2008.
- "Russell Jr. eager to take the next step after another easy victory". RingTV.com. July 24, 2010.
- "Russell Jr vs Diaz - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
- "Gary Russell outpoints Joseph Diaz, retains WBC featherweight title". The Ring. 2018-05-19. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
- "Russell Jr vs Martinez - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
- "Gary Russell Jr. makes easy work of Kiko Martinez, scores fifth round TKO". The Ring. 2019-05-18. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
- "Russell Jr vs Nyambayar - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
- Idec, Keith. "Gary Russell Tested, Beats Tugstsogt Nyambayar in Tough Fight". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
- Boxing record for Gary Russell Jr. from BoxRec
- Gary Russell Jr. amateur boxing record
- Gary Russell Jr. profile at Premier Boxing Champions
- Gary Russell Jr - Profile, News Archive & Current Rankings at Box.Live
|Amateur boxing titles|
| U.S. Golden Gloves
| U.S. bantamweight champion
|World boxing titles|
| WBC featherweight champion
March 28, 2015 – present
1988; discontinued until 2011
| The Ring Prospect of the Year
| ESPN Prospect of the Year